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Seven-bedroom hideaway in the Dublin mountains with its own pool and gym

Ballinascorney House has a rich history with links to Irish rebel leaders.

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LOOKING AT BALLINASCORNEY House, it would be easy for one to presume that it’s located miles from civilisation, but in fact it’s under an hour from Dublin city centre.

With a Dublin 16 address and sitting in the heart of the Dublin mountains, Ballinascorney House boasts 65 acres of woodland, and plenty of history.

If you’re looking to step into history as well as purchasing a new home, you’ll find lots to interest you at Ballinascorney. The property was built circa 1800 as a shooting lodge, and later acted as hiding place for Irish rebel leader Robert Emmet and his men, following the rising of 1803 in Dublin.

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First built as a five-bay house, with additions made to each end around 1840, Ballinascorney House has been renovated and extended to become a property which spans 7,534 sq ft.

Between the old house and the new house, there are seven bedrooms, 11 bathrooms, a formal dining room, a formal living room, two kitchens and a family room. For unwinding and entertaining, there’s a snooker room, an art room, plus an indoor pool and gym. A lift makes it easy to move from floor to floor. 

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Set among beautiful grounds – including a picturesque bridge and stream – floor-to-ceiling windows throughout the property make the most of the surrounding views. 

Inside, Ballinascorney House enjoys multiple high-end features and finishes, including marble floors and a sweeping staircase in the hallway. In the dining and living rooms, there are solid walnut wood floors, feature fireplaces and built-in surround sound systems. 

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The kitchen features sleek wall and floor units, plus integrated appliances. Floor-to-ceiling windows in the kitchen and dining room overlook the mature grounds and make for the perfect backdrop to meals. 

Moving to the first floor, there’s a relaxation area with panoramic views of woodland and mountains. Each of the two bedrooms on this level is akin to something from a luxury hotel, with peaceful views  and ample space to unwind. A study and snooker room are down the hall.

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Taking the lift to the lower level, there’s a spacious heated pool with ornate light fittings. Across from here is the gym, with a shower and changing area, plus another bathroom. 

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A corridor leads from the main entrance hallway to the original house, with floor-to-ceiling windows throughout. This part of the property features its own door entrance, making it ideal for use as its own accommodation. In here, there’s a stylish kitchen, an open-plan living and dining room with sash windows and an open fireplace, plus a family room and bathroom. 

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Upstairs, there are five bedrooms with wood floors, spot light fittings and built-in wardrobes. Each bedroom features its own en-suite bathroom with mosaic tile detail and contemporary sanitary ware.

If that’s not enough room, there are large sheds adjacent to the property which have been restored and insulated for a multitude of uses, such as stables or offices. Outside, there’s an abundance of mature trees and shrubs, plus a courtyard to the front of the original house.

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Despite feeling far removed from the hustle and bustle of city life, Ballinascorney House is a 15-minute drive from both Templeogue and  Tallaght, while the city centre can be reached in about 50 minutes.

Ballinascorney House, Dublin 16, is on the market through McPeake Auctioneers via Daft.ie. Price available upon application.

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